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Please Note: We are not the Deep Water Horizon Settlement
The number for them is 1-866-992-6174 for the economic settlement.
For the Medical Settlement the number is 1-877-545-5111
If You want to read about us, and our thoughts, please read below, we are not attorneys but do process claims through a network of processors, that are getting results.
If you are an Attorney/ Processor/Claimant we have a silver bullet, one of the members of our network has distinguished themselves above all others with practically Dead On Calculations that the claims analysts at The Deep Water Horizon Settlement seem to respect and agree with.
Please understand this group specializes in business claims only in excess of 100k usually.
They also handle appeals.
As many of you know we have been in search of a Silver Bullet for some time. Well we found it, there is no guess work anymore.
It is my opinion, it is owed to the claimants that they remain the top priority, not just a potential revenue stream for someone’s bottom line.
When BP stopped paying claims due to the Court ordered Stay, the lack of reliable and consistent revenue stream caused many processors and Attorneys to scale down their Deepwater Horizon claims operations and to terminate employees.
The real tragedy was that some of those entities had to close their businesses or to continue with inefficient operations.
The Court ordered Stay lasted for a period of 8 months – 8 months of little to no income for the claims processing entities and 8 months of continued economic distress for the claimants.
The Stay caused claimants extreme dissatisfaction and anger and proved to be devastating to many Business Economic Loss claimants. It also caused many groups processing claims to go out of Business
Our own operation took a serious hit when BP stopped paying claims, but we never gave up and due to the nature of how we structured our network, we were blessed that one member started seeing our largest claims get settled first.
The first claim was over 4.5 million dollars.
This particular processor has had over 40 claims paid to our clients since they began paying again, and their calculations have been almost dead on. This particular processor has a system in place that works. Not only do they have CPA’s and analysts who thoroughly understand the claim calculations and methodology established by the Deepwater Horizon Settlement and the appeals that followed, they go one step further and direct each and every claimant to obtain an attorney to represent them with any and all legal issues/questions and appeals.
I recently met one of the attorneys who works with this processor’s claimants, and can state that she has extensive experience in every phase of the BP litigation and she has the talent to represent and assist claimants at every phase (from claim registration to post appeal issues) of the claims process.
You can move your claim
This is not meant to solicit claims away from other Attorneys or Processors, but people need to know they are not stuck with organizations that have a high level of ineptitude and a small to nonexistent success rate. The form is called an AR1 form, it`s one form and can be found here. AR1 Form
If you have a claim that you have tried to do yourself, but want to put it in experienced hands, the processor described above is actually the BEST in our Network at complex business claims.
If your claim is already in the system and it is reasonably put together you may be charged as little as 10 Percent of the value of the claim.
If you are an Attorney or a Processor and would like to move over your portfolio or part of your portfolio of claims they will negotiate a fair number for the work involved. They can also assist you with the processing.
If you are an Attorney/Processor/CPA Firm and need help. they can help you.
It`s time to get People Paid and there is no room for mistakes.
As I write this we have seen some of our largest claims processed and paid in the last month. Most of these claims are over a million dollars, others in the high 6 digit range. We have also seen the devastating affect that rule 495 can have on claims, and how some rulings can be successfully appealed while others can not.
BP has just settled with the states, local and Federal government.
Claims that are currently in the Deep Water Horizon Settlement system, will have one FINAL opportunity to be paid.
There is no room for error, but as we have begun taking over claims from other Processors/Attorneys/Claimants who started doing this years ago, it is easy to see why so many of you have not been paid.
The financials that many uploaded are atrocious. Many just downloaded reams of financials thinking that would be sufficient or that they would get claims paid by just overwhelming the Deep Water Horizon Settlement with voluminous amounts of paperwork, thinking that they would let them sift through the documents so they could do the calculations.
Others just kept supplying the same paperwork and expected different answers when tasked with an incomplete notices.
PLEASE UNDERSTAND THIS THERE IS NO ROOM FOR MISTAKES.
And far too many of you were making huge mistakes when you put these claims together, many in the beginning just did not understand what the settlement asked for. These claims are typically 2 years or older.
This is not the time to throw stuff against the wall and see what sticks, nor was it ever, but it is what too many did in the beginning.
If your claim has NOT seen notices or questions coming from the Deep Water Horizon Settlement and you have not heard from your Attorney or Processor, you need to take matters into your own hands and check your status yourself. Go to CHECK MY STATUS you will need your claimant id number and the last 4 of your social security number.
We look forward to working with You, your Attorneys or Processors, and getting you what you deserve from BP.
We have a program in place that allows us to assist others in this business to get their clients claims paid, it`s fair, it`s flexible, and it helps you get your clients paid.
For us this was always about putting the victims first and creating a network of professionals to assist you.
We are proud to say that a certain member of our Network has distinguished themselves in our opinion as the BEST in The BP Business Claims Business, and the good news is they want to work for you and with you, and still can, but only if you let them.
We are also proud to announce that Dick Angelotti the former President of Bank of Boston, and Northern Trust, will be also picking up the phone personally to help you with complex business matters.
Call Us at 1-800-BP-CLAIM or 1-800-272-5246
BP Business Claims Payments
Ever since BP put a hold on paying claims to businesses, gulf coast businesses that were affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill have been patiently waiting for the British Oil Giant to pay up and honor the terms of the Deepwater Economic Settlement Agreement.
Now, after months (years in some cases) of claimants providing documentation to prove their claim is legitimate, the rules have suddenly changed.
It’s just another chapter in the ongoing tug-of-war over who should be paid under the multibillion-dollar settlement for victims of the BP oil spill.
First, BP appealed the issue of causation; stating that businesses should have to prove that their losses were directly caused by the spill.
This became an issue after some “questionable claims” were submitted and unfortunately paid under the current Settlement Agreement which assumes causation based on where a business is located, the industry, and the pattern of revenue.
Admittedly, there were some claims were paid that had nothing to do with the oil spill. Sadly, the legitimate claimants on the gulf coast are suffering for the dishonesty of firms and claimants who submitted bogus claims.
The Greedy Game of BP Claims
It didn’t help that some firms were actually encouraging people to file regardless of how they lost money after the spill; they ruined what could have been a fairly simple process and helped to bring the causation issue under scrutiny.
Susan Gregory Elder Law Attorney of Venice
The original content of the Settlement won out in the end, in early March Judge Leslie H. Southwick ruled that BP was bound by the agreement it had signed and ordered them to pay up NOW. Southwick, who was one of the judges on the smaller panel of the 5th Circuit, ruled 2-1 against BP.
In turn, BP requested an “en banc” review to settle the issue. BP now wants the full 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear its argument that businesses seeking compensation for oil spill losses should have to prove those losses came from the effects of the spill, and not from some other factor not be allowed under a class settlement.
Just when we thought the issue of causation was nearly put to rest, another issue has come to pass. Proposed Policy 495: Business Economic Loss Claims: Matching of Revenue and Expenses is now official.
Originally, Judge Barbier ruled against BP’s request for this so-called “matching” of expenses to revenues, but he was asked to revisit the issue. On May 6th 2014 the proposed policy became final, leaving gulf coast claimants asking, “what does this mean for my claim”?
First, it means that all claims that have not been paid yet will be “tested” according to Policy 495. Claims that have widely varying revenues and expenses will be affected the most. BP of course agrees with 495 completely, but the plaintiff steering committee feels differently. They argue that 495 changes the method of calculation, and by doing so it changes causation.
BP Claims new tests
When the “matching and smoothing” process is performed on a claim, the revenue changes. When the revenue changes, you have to re-run causation, and that could potentially throw some claimants out of the Settlement.
This policy adds 88 pages to the already voluminous Settlement agreement, and class counsel of the plaintiff argues that this proposal makes the settlement “unrecognizable”.
On the other hand, the passing of Policy 495 means that we could be on the road to resuming payments. Even if the Plaintiff steering committee disagrees with parts of 495, it does resolve the issue of losses potentially being overstated.
While It is possible that payments may be delayed slightly if 495 is appealed, it does appear that Judge Barbier will do whatever is necessary to “get the show on the road” with regard to claimants getting paid.
It seems a compromise has been met; BP may have lost the causation argument, for now, put they did get Policy 495 pushed through. Now we are just waiting on the Fifth Circuit to issue a mandate directing Barbier to lift the injunction.
Unfortunately, even after the changes are implemented claims administrator Juneau may still not be able to resume payments. They may remain on hold while BP pursues a separate appeal at the 5th Circuit – this one involving whether business claimants must prove that their losses actually stemmed from the spill.
It is uncertain at this time how Policy 495 will affect the value of claims but we do feel that the acceptance of this policy will avoid future appellate delays. All we can hope for now is that the Fifth Circuit will come together and issue the mandate to resume payments.
From all that we have seen, we are cautiously optimistic, with the acceptance of 495 we could potentially see payments resume in as soon as 4-6 weeks.
By: Kathy Schulz
I am pleased to tell everyone that the BP SETTLEMENT will resume. When? We really don`t know, but we are a whole lot closer. The 5th circuit judges as a majority, ruled in favor of Judge Barbier`s previous decisions. I speak for many when I tell you how pleased we all are.
We Thank The 5TH Circuit for actually “Making it Right” and for Judge Barbier and Patrick Juneau for having it RIGHT the whole time. We further appreciate Judge Barbier and Patrick Juneau for sticking to their guns, and holding BP accountable.
The Fifth Circuit Judges “Made it Right” by lifting the stay for Business Economic Losses or BEL`s imposed by a previous 5TH Circuit Panel.
BP was in a no lose position
Either BP could stall the settlement, or get it thrown out, they stalled. As BP stalled the settlement for the last several months, you need to wonder how much money BP accrued through its holdings during that time. How much money did BP save during this period, and how much did BP make with the money they should have been paying oil spill claims with.
Barbier and Juneau had it Right from the Start
Juneau and Judge Barbier had it right from the beginning. BP had made an agreement that showed causation through the V test and other models and they were bound by the terms of that agreement.
In reality all this is was, was another stall tactic by BP.
There is no doubt that we’ve seen this before during the GCCF days and the BP settlement era. What it comes down to is, it just takes more time for people to get paid, and some people with VALID BP Claims will just let their claims go, and let BP off the hook, , they wore them down, don`t let them.
Some BP Claims /CPA`s /Processors/Attorneys/have Quit handling BP Claims
As part of the collateral damage many groups just could not afford to process BP claims anymore, or just elected not to. It is difficult to justify a continual expenditure on BP claims that just don`t seem to get paid. By BP continually stalling it, put many groups in a tough financial position.
Other issues are that many CPA groups, specifically the smaller ones are not staffed to handle BP claims and the regular accounting load. and these guys are now heading into tax season.
If you are a a group or firm that needs help with it`s BP Claims Case load call 1-800-BP-CLAIM. We have other processors and attorney`s that would be happy to work something out with you.
The BP claims processes was meant to to get people paid. Plain and simple, not get blocked by BP every step of the way.
BP`s strategy revealed they would use of the Delay, Deny and Defend strategy. This is the standard strategy by unscrupulous insurance companies and BP.
Written by: W.C Bohack
If you have been affected by the 2010 oil spill, then you may qualify for compensation from BP claims.
Millions of people have been hurt by the oil spill, and the effects are being felt to this day. The effects of the oil spill are still evident in the surrounding environment and the impact it has on the lifestyles of the people living around the gulf.
People have been affected directly or indirectly. While some have lost their wages, other people continue to watch their habitat waste away. Birds and sea life were not spared either when the explosion of an oil rig in the deep sea occurred.
BP Claims: History of the Oil Spill and Resulting BP Claims
The explosion took place about fifty miles of the shore of Louisiana. The deep water horizon oil spill is the worst spill to ever occur after the Exxon Valdez Oil spill that took place in 1989. 2010 saw the worst oil spill to ever occur in the history of the U.S.
Eleven of the oil rig workers were killed in the explosion. Later, BP was found guilty of manslaughter in court and fined heavily amongst other counts mentioned in the case.
After the oil leaked into the ocean, it did not take long for it to reach the shores. The fragile marshland near the mouth of the Mississippi river was heavily covered by oil a few weeks after the spill. Soon after, the entire Gulf felt the effects of the oil spill. Dead animals of the sea and the birds were washed ashore. Some animals and birds were alive but covered in oil. The damage to the environment and marine life was extensive.
All fishing activity within a certain radius came to a halt. There was no way anyone could fish in such murky and grossly polluted waters. It did not take long for the environmental management body to put a restriction on fishing and soon after, extend it due to the magnitude of the oil spill before it was contained temporarily.
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BP Claims Timeline
In such cases where people’s lives are affected, there never lacks a legal battle. It did not take long for people to take action against BP for the damage caused to their property and livelihood. This is the foundation for BP claims.
The BP claims still trickle in and are compensated if they are found to be legitimate. We encourage you to find out if you are eligible to receive a settlement if you have been affected by the 2010 oil spill. Launching a BP claim will get you adequate financial compensation that can help you cope with the after effects of the 2010 oil spill.
BP Claims: Reported Side effects of the BP Oil Spill
Among the effects on the residents and cleanup workers of the gulf, is an outbreak of skin rashes caused by the excessive use of oil dispersant. While the bacteria might have been useful in the oil clean up exercise following the massive spill, the residents of the surrounding region were affected and had to seek medical intervention.
The oil spill also exposed the residents to carcinogenic chemicals such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) which cause cancer. The use of Corexit as an oil dispersant increased this exposure to carcinogens by 40 times.
In 2012, a survey done on the health effects of the oil spill on cleanup workers showed that respiratory problems, ENT problems and other serious effects were identified. More serious effects include:
· Vomiting episodes
· Skin irritation
· Burning and lesions
· Short term memory loss
· Kidney and Liver damage
· Nervous system damage
· Central nervous system damage
These are the known effects of exposure to environments contaminated with oil residue.
If you have experienced any of these effects, do not hesitate to contact us for help. You may be eligible to file BP claims that may earn you compensation.
How Filing BP Claims will help you.
By having your BP claims processed through our network, you are taking charge of your future. Some effects of the exposure to oil may manifest in the future generation and it is important to leave a stable financial ground for expected effects from this exposure.
If you are already experiencing medical issues from being affected by the spill, the compensation will go a long way in helping to offset medical bills and take care of any future medical expenses.
If your property or livelihood was curtailed by the spill, you need help to support your family before you can get back on your feet. If your livelihood has been completely disrupted, you may get enough compensation to get you through the rough patch and sustain your family in the process.
It is BP’s fault for neglecting its rig and failing to provide adequate safety measures in its operations. The company is owning up to their mistake by securing a settlement fund for all affected parties. Do not fail to claim your share.
Attorneys for your BP Claims
Our network specializes in handling cases that involve personal injury. If your property was affected by the oil spill, then you may qualify for compensation in the BP claims. If you are also experiencing a change in health due to the exposure to the chemicals associated with the oil spill, do not fail to file BP claims with us. We will help you get your health back on track through the compensation you receive to cover medical care, now and in the future.
BP claims are meant to earn you compensation for your troubles. Do not suffer in silence. We will process any eligible BP claims for you. Our consultations are free. BP claims have earned many victims of the spill compensation. You may qualify too.
If you feel that you qualify for any BP claims, do not hesitate to contact us. Simply call us at 1-800-BP-CLAIM or complete our online form and we will contact you within 24 hours. We work with attorneys who can get you maximum compensation for your BP claims.
BP Business Claims Halted for Calculation Reviews
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans directed Judge Barbier, to halt payouts on some BP Business Claims. BP asked the court to make the halt because they believe the Deepwater Horizon Claims Administrator, Patrick Juneau, has misinterpreted the settlement agreement and has been calculating business claims incorrectly.
Until recently, BP has unsuccessfully attempted to get the settlement agreement rewritten. On October 2nd, they were finally able to get business claim payments frozen so that the accountant calculation methods can be reviewed to make sure that Juneau is closely following the language of the settlement agreement. BP believes the current calculation methods allow claimants to receive payments that are too large, and that payments are being made to businesses that were not affected by the oil spill. BP wants businesses to submit their financials on an accrual basis for BP business claims. This is not required under the settlement at this time. They are concerned that revenues should be reported on accrued basis and not when payment was received.
In October BP had questioned the settlement in regards to how they are processing cash based accounting claims. Because the settlement does not specify that a certain accounting method must be used they have always accepted whatever the claimant had consistently used. BP did not file any complaints at that time. Again in November BP supported the final approval of the settlement guidelines and seemed to be happy with the way claims were processing. They signed this document and should not be able to add or take away from it. In December BP started expressing their concerns to the Administrator. After two failed attempts to change the settlement BP has gone to the Appeals court. On October 2nd they finally won and the settlement is being looked at again.
I believe that if we re-write the already signed and executed settlement we are opening a can of worms that could potentially cause even more delays in settlements being paid. If BP gets the chance to change the settlement then someone needs to be fighting to get the dreaded and impossible customer mix test thrown out. If businesses are going to have to go and change their accounting from cash to accrual basis then will they still be considered contemporaneously kept documentation? If BP gets the chance to spread income over a period of months does that mean people can take their yearly income and expenses and divide them by 12 to complete their profit and losses? Why does BP get to rewrite the settlement and retail stores and restaurants who are obviously tourist driven fall short of qualifying due to the fact they cannot account for 100% of their income by name and address?
BP has yet again figured out a way to screw the Gulf Coast residents, delay payments and earn a little extra interest on the funds that still have not been paid out to those who deserve it. BP should be stuck with what they signed and shame on the appeals court for allowing them to weasel more time to delay payments.
BP has won this round, but in the end, the people of the Gulf who were so devastatingly affected should receive the payments they deserve.
Although this is bad news for some claimants, we believe people that were not affected by the spill should not be able to receive compensation. As much damage as BP has caused, we know that some claimants and attorneys are working the system for all its worth.
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What does this mean for existing BP business claims?
We don’t know yet exactly what the new calculation changes are going to be, but we do know if given the chance BP will continue to try and change things to help themselves not the Gulf Coast Residents they screwed over three years ago. We will all have to wait and see what BP, the Plantiff Steering Committee and Juneau come up with next.
By: W.C. Bohack
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Recently, we got an Appeal from BP for one of our clients claims. That`s right BP appealed a Settlement Claim that was originally approved by the Settlement Fund. Needles to say our client was not happy, and nor were we.
We went through the process on the behalf of the client, it was arduous, but in the end we prevailed. I am very proud of our Team and the efforts they made on behalf of this client.
It looks as though BP has begun to employ this strategy more often, if you need help with an Appeal, please let us know.
Banner Week for Getting BP Settlement Claims Paid.
Last week was a big week for getting claims paid for us, we had over 15 BP Claims paid. This has been a long time coming, but well worth the wait. The claims ranged from Business Claims in the Keys to VOO Claims in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi; they came in from a few months to a few weeks ago. It seems the people that are running the DeepWater Horizon Settlement are getting into a higher gear.
Attorneys are gearing up for OPA Presentment
We are hearing that many attorneys are not taking any new claims in at this time because they are devoting their assets/people to OPA presentment. Claims that are being presented to OPA, (opt out claims and excluded claims), must be presented by January 20th, 2013.
This basically means it is crunch time for the firms that have caseloads of OPA claims that need to be re-presented and recalculated. If you have a claim that meets this criteria they need to be addressed sooner then later.
Old GCCF Claims
What many people do not realize, is that claims under the old GCCF need to be updated to fit into the Settlement. If you have a claim that has yet to be updated we will see what we can do to help you. There are hundreds of thousands of claims that still need to be updated.
BP Business Claims
Under the terms of the BP Settlement many Businesses that did not know they qualified under the old GCCF rules, do qualify under the DeepWater Horizon Settlement. If you think your Business may qualify under the terms of the new settlement, or just have a few questions, please call 1-800-BP-CLAIM.
We have had many business owners send us their P n L`s to see if they qualify, we have no problem checking first to see if your business qualifies before submitting to the Fund.
DeepWater Horizon Settlement Network
We can Help you with your DeepWater Horizon Settlement Claims starting at just 15%. Attorneys within the network charge from 20-25% to help you with you DeepWater Horizon Settlement Claims. If you have claims that are incomplete or need assistance or are going through the appeals process, members of our network charge as little as 10% to help you get your Claims through. We realize that different clients have different levels of need, and we will adjust our rates accordingly.
Deepwater Horizon Settlement Claims and Thoughts
One of the best things we did recently was put up a Facebook site called DeepWater Horizon Settlement Updates. It has fostered spirited discussions, and led me to more fully understand the frustrations shared by so many. It has also educated me and others in many ways.
The Leadership of the Fund could learn a few things from the contributors, and I invite them to join the discussions.
Trending BP Settlement Conversations
- Attorneys are preparing for a mass exodus from the Settlement, especially if Claims don`t get paid soon, and I mean real soon.
- People are seeing the same patterns with the GCCF and The Settlement.
- If this continues people will be mobilizing and seeking retribution from BP
- The Media has chosen to Opt Out for the most part, and people feel there is a conspiracy going on.
- People are tired of waiting, and who can blame them.
My Thoughts on what is Trending and Beyond
- Many people have individual claims and they have been underserviced in the Settlement.
- Fact: many Attorneys and Processors prioritized their claims for the BP Settlement by dollar value and businesses went in first.
- The paperwork needed initially was to intensive, hopefully the new rules and sworn statements will help.
- People need to give the New Fund more time, but they NEED to step it up.
- The Media has not Paid enough attention to the struggles after the spill, specifically sick people.
- Data around catches is false, specifically the last news article about the rebound read it here
- We will see a full environmental collapse in some areas
- We are being fed a highly orchestrated stream of p.r. from our government, media, and BP.
- Where is Anderson Cooper when we really need him.
- People who received Quick Pays need to come back to the table.
- Medically things are much worse then we know.
- We need more time to evaluate the true environmental aftermath of the spill.
- BP is playing for time and always has been.
- For some the Settlement is wonderful, specifically businesses outside of the area directly impacted by oil.
- For others it just won`t work, people who make a living from the Gulf and folks with real Medical Issues.
- Most people don`t realize they needed to completely update their claim if it was with the GCCF for the Settlement.
- Attorneys need to be totally transparent as to where a claim is at, even with the new login that allows a claimant to see status, they still don`t know how well documented the claim is. People need to know if their claim is actually complete or were just a few papers filed as is often the case.
- The whole process needs more time, we should not be bound to 3 years per OPA because we didn`t know what actually happened until year 4 with the Valdez and that is just STUPID.
- Too many people put profit before people throughout this whole process.
I am sure there is more, but these thoughts came to the forefront, as always we will help you with your BP Settlement Claims, we can help you get to Attorneys that actually walk their talk if needed, or process your claims ourselves, and we remain committed to helping you all any way we can.
Some Good news lately, we did get a few claims paid recently, and our Calculations were less then 1% off.
Non Attorneys charge 15%, and Oil Spill Attorneys charge 25%, one way or another we will get you the help you need.
Best of Luck with your BP Settlement.
DeepWater Horizon Settlement Paid Claims Last Night
Checking in this morning with other Claims Processors and Attorneys that we are connected with, every single processor saw BP Claims receive offers, and more come into review.
We saw Business Claims and BP Realtor Claims receive the majority of the offers, and they were healthy.
Our calculations were less then 1% off from the offers.
Why are they paying Now
The DeepWater Horizon Settlement Leadership has to pay these claims, before there is a mass exodus opting out, and they have to do it NOW. We were told it would start on the 10th, well it started on the 17th.
The numbers they released on the 4th were dismal at best. I know a lot of you have been waiting a long time, many of you had lost faith in the whole process, I am here to tell you. This is for Real.
I have had the opportunity to speak with some of the leadership of the Settlement, these guys are for real, and yes there are seriously real issues plaguing them, and the process.
One processor that had issues in the past, seems to have the same issues again, telling people their files are incomplete when in fact they are not. I have been told by reliable sources the problem will be fixed, one way or another.
Juneau told the Judge he wanted to have 1/3 of the claims have Letters of Determination or offers by the 1st of October.
If you want to get your BP Claims Paid Now is the Time.
If you are thinking of opting out, I would wait to see if this trend continues.
If you want to get Paid, fill out the form to the Right.
Our processors charge just 15%,
If you decide to Opt Out or need the Help of an Attorney they will charge 25%, there are certain types of claims that should definitely consider this option.
We will help you with your BP Settlement.
The Choices are Yours.
BP Property Claims and VOO Claims get first look
The DeepWater Horizon Settlement Fund has certainly made a priority of paying VOO Claims and property Claims first. With over 3,300 Notices sent out, over 3,150 are either for BP Property Claims or for VOO Charter Payment.
VOO Charter payment accounted for over 2,500 Eligibility Notices for Payment. We told you VOO Claims would be the first to get paid months ago. We have gotten VOO Claims processed and paid in under a week.
BP Claims Status Report
On September 5th the Claim Administrator Pat Juneau , made available a report on the progress and the status of the claims review process. There are serious issues that they are encountering, they are trying to develop workarounds to these issues.
BP did not seem to be amendable regarding some of the workarounds. Shortly after the report the Department of Justice came out with a statement that they would be pursuing Gross Negligence charges against BP. A few days after that The Settlement Fund came out with a notice that some document requirements would be relaxed. Hopefully BP got the message, and this will allow for more claims to be paid, and faster processing.
According to the Report many claims did not have sufficient documentation.
- 40% are missing one or more required documents
- 52% of Represented and pro se Claimants Claims were incomplete
- 48% of the claimants had claims with the GCCF that were incomplete
- 8,100 claims have been reviewed since mid-July
The numbers of Business Claims, Seafood Compensation Claims, and Individual Loss economic claims that have received an eligibility notice for payment is tragically low. This will hopefully change as the documentation guidelines have been relaxed. They needed to be.
This what we have seen through our network, VOO Claims are getting paid, many of the VOO Claims we have gotten paid had already taken Quick Pays.
Many of our larger Business Claims and those in our Network, have Claims that have gone under review. Several firms in the Network have received offers for their Business Claims, most of these offers were accepted and considered to be fair.
BP Settlement Fund has much to Do
The report went on to say that The Settlement is trying to get out letters of determination to over 30% of the Claimants by October 1. We had been told they were attempting to do this by September 10th.
We have been recently told they will be sending out letters of determination to over 3,000 by the end of the week, with approximately 1/3 of them receiving offers, in essence by October 1, over 15,000 people should know exactly where they stand.
Time is running out for the BP Settlement, I do believe the people in leadership positions have the best intentions. I also believe that they are running head long into obstructions that have been there since the GCCF, and if these obstructions are not removed very shortly the settlement may not survive.
If BP does not play ball and actually try to move the process forward, instead of hiding behind their lawyers and legal wrangling, there will be serious ramifications, whether it is through a Massive Boycott, the D.O.J, or some other mechanism. I guarantee to you, it won`t be pretty.
The BP Oil Spill was their fault not Ours. We need to hold them accountable, and We will.
Issues that need to be Addressed
Some real areas of concern right now are revolving around the environment, Oysters in Apalachicola and the surrounding areas are not spawning. We all know that Corexit is to blame, I was told BP was trying to blame it on past storms. My suggestion to BP is to take FULL responsibility for ALL of the Environmental after shocks of this Disaster.
Medical issues are continuing to worsen for many. People that were on the front lines are dying from very aggressive cancers. The National Institute of Health that has been taking samples for months, are sending out very vague letters staying very clear of linking the Oil Spill or the use of Corexit to these peoples health issues. People are dying here, we need real answers, not rhetoric.
Quick Pays, one thing I have learned form many of the people that make a living from the Gulf is that many of you have have issues reading, and many of you took Quick Pays. There is not one doubt in my mind that you were preyed upon, this issue needs to be fixed, and fixed now. With all of the issues the fisheries are having and the catches dwindling as they have, people are getting very desperate out there, and something needs to be done for them.
We will Help You
We remain committed more then ever to helping you through this process and are forging ahead with a number of entities of helping you get through this Disaster. As the process evolves so will our Strategies.
We have recently formed a relationship with a consortium of committed Oil Spill Attorneys that have a long history fighting for your rights. They specialize in BP Denied Settlement Claims, and the majority of other claims covered by the settlement, and those that are not. They are also not afraid to litigate you BP Claims.
We have also forged a relationship with an Adjuster and Accounting firm, one of the largest in the country, that specializes in BP Business Claims. They have over 300 full time CPA`s, and have retained some of the most knowledgeable people in this process.
Attorneys traditionally charge 25%
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Details have not yet been released, we will let you know when we know. We would like to congratulate Joe Rice and all of the members of the Plaintiff Steering Committee. We should be hearing the details in the next 24 hours. We will update the site accordingly.
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The BP Claims Estimator was created to help you find out just how much your BP Claims are worth, If you would like to get an approximate value of your BP Claims click here.
The information that you provide must be accurate, so it can be assessed. The BP Claims Estimator can help figure out: VOO Claims, Property Claims, Business and Individual Claims, as well as help attorneys get an idea of how strong your claim is if you got sick from the Corexit while on Oil Spill clean up duties.
BP Claims News: BP Trial is off for 1 Week
From what we have been told it looks as though the BP Settlement is still very much a reality, with just a few stumbling blocks that need to be overcome. It would be a shocking if BP did not settle out as there is overwhelming evidence that the corporate giant took short cuts, and didn`t tell it`s partners about a 2 foot pocket of gas that could have been the cause of it all. The settlement talks have evidently bared some fruit as they are now giving them an extra week, the BP Trial will begin on March 5, 2012, if there is going to be one.
BP knew of the gas pocket, and instead of alerting it`s partners about it, as they should have, they continued to drill. Had they alerted their partners, more cement would have been used to seal the well, and it would have changed how they would have proceeded, but this took time and money. In the end BP`s corporate culture shined through, and they decided to take the risk. We all know what happened after that.
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